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Saturday 1 May 2010

No such thing as a free lunch

Whatever you pay for stuff in U.S. dollars, it's about the same number of Euros in Germany. Since €1 is currently worth about $1.34, you'd think everything is 34% more expensive. But U.S. retail prices are quoted before sales tax, which is currently over 9% in Santa Clara, whereas the 20% value-added tax is included in Germany. Taking that into account, on average you're really only paying about 23% more.

Even with the exchange rate, some things are cheaper in Germany than in the U.S., like booze and coffee. A pint of beer can be had for half a buck. I could learn to like it here.

Getting There

There's one flight per day from San Francisco non-stop all the way to Munich. Operated by Lufthansa, but you can book through United. And it leaves SF at about 9 PM. Traveling with a baby, this is the way to go. And they have movies on-demand in coach. Bonus!